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Posted by John on Sunday, 1 September 2013, at 2:19 p.m., in response to Re: 1884, posted by Hubert Davis on Sunday, 1 September 2013, at 6:57 a.m.
Ernie's comment on the value might be valid for most guns of this model with no history. Despite the relatively small numbers made (about 65,000) and large quantities of which were later butchered, the collector interest is modest.
In my opinion the history for one from the 71st New York adds a lot, not just for association with a known unit, but one that was engaged in the iconic event of the Spanish American War. And the availability of Private Post's book on the Regiment's experiences (and therefore of the rifles they carried) is.
As for checking out the company rosters, does anyone know of a convenient way to find a roster for the 71st. There is none on the otherwise very comprehensive and highly recommended SpanAmWar[dot]com site, nor the New York Military Museum site.
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